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Olympic Gold Medallist Chris Kappler Opens Blainville International with
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Blainville, Quebec - July 5, 2006 - Chris Kappler of the United States
opened the CSI-W Blainville Jumping International with a win on
Wednesday, July 5. The international show jumping competition runs from
July 5-9 at the Blainville Equestrian Park in Blainville, QC.
Despite some wet footing in the grass grand prix field, 18 horse-rider
combinations took advantage of the opportunity to jump the track set by
one of the most revered course designers in the world, Conrad Homfeld.
Both Kappler and Homfeld are Olympic Team Gold and Individual Silver
Medallists. Homfeld's were earned in 1984 in Los Angeles while
Kappler's accomplishments came at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Six competitors were successful in turning in clear rounds to advance to
the jump-off. As the second-last challenger, Kappler turned in a clear
round in time of 41.63 seconds riding VDL Maseratie. The final
competitor on course, Canadian Olympian John Pearce of Stouffville, ON,
gave it his best shot, but 45.21 seconds was as quick as he could manage
with Archie Bunker, his eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding.
With the only other double clear round, Eric Flameng of Belgium took
third place riding Roxanne, his 12-year-old Belgian-bred mare. In 2004,
Flameng and Roxanne won the Grand Prix Jumping du Quebec World Cup
Qualifier at Blainville, and the pair has been returning ever since.
Pearce also turned in the fastest four-fault effort to take fourth place
with Urioso, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, while Michael
Grinyer of Campbellville, ON, piloted his 15-year-old Holsteiner
gelding, Alcatraz, to fifth place. Jonathon Millar of Perth, ON, rounded
out the jump-off field, placing sixth with Noble I, a 10-year-old Dutch
Warmblood gelding owned by Bridge Brook Farms.
Show jumping action continues on Thursday at the Blainville Equestrian
Park. One of the longest running international equestrian competitions
in all of Canada, the 18th Blainville Jumping International is a major
stop on the Canadian show jumping circuit and also serves as a World Cup
Qualifying event, offering coveted World Cup points towards the 2007
World Cup Final in Las Vegas, USA. Over 700 horses will compete over
the five-day tournament for more than $170,000 in prize money.
Featured events include Thursday's Talent Squad competition featuring
up-and-coming superstars while Friday's featured class is the $20,000
Open Welcome. The crowd-pleasing $3,500 Horse-Dog Relay, which sees
horses pair up with loveable canines, each jumping their own
appropriately-sized obstacles, will follow Saturday afternoon's $25,000
Challenge Desjardins Modified Grand Prix. The tournament culminates
with Sunday's $70,000 Grand Prix Jumping du Quebec World Cup Qualifier.
Located just north of Montreal, the Blainville Equestrian Park features
a variety of attractions for family members of all ages. For more
information, please visit www.classiqueblainville.com
or contact Blainville
International at tel: (450) 434-8202 ext. 108, e-mail:
Open Jumper 1.45m - Final Results
1. Chris Kappler Pittstown, NJ VDL Maseratie
2. John Pearce Stouffville, ON Archie Bunker
3. Eric Flameng Belgium Roxanne
4. John Pearce Stouffville, ON Urioso
5. Michael Grinyer Campbellville, ONAlcatraz
6. Jonathon Millar Perth, ON Noble 1
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